Celestials were first introduced by Jack Kirby in 1976 as the creators of the Marvel multiverse. They are all powerful and almost impossible to destroy and were responsible for sowing seeds of creation in the early universe. On Earth, they are the reasons that there are superheroes and mutants. They are also the only ones that can wield Infinity Stones easily and have a very close origin to the Stones themselves.
Owing to this connection, it may be expected that these supernatural creatures will make an appearance in the next Avengers movie. While you may think these Celestials are beyond the reach of mortals, there have been quite a few instances when the Celestials faced defeat in the Marvel universe. Here are just a few:
1. Thanos :
The Mad Titan is one of the most powerful beings in the universe. To back it up, he is one of the most ruthless villains the comic book universe has seen. He is identified as a psychopath, sociopath, paranoid and has delusions of power and grandeur. The bad part is that Thanos has the strength to back all these illusions up.
In the comic Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos comes to be opposed by a super powerful group of the universe including two Celestials when Thanos acquires the complete Infinity Gauntlet.
Thanos is able to defeat all of these so-called powerful forces at once with a whiff of his hand. Even without the Infinity Stones, Thanos was able to
knock the hat off Galactus’s head with a powerful punch. One can only imagine what the Mad Titan would have done with the Gauntlet.
2. Stone Age Avengers :
In the Marvel Legacy #1 written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Ed McGuinness, the powerful Stone Age Avengers from 1 million BC come together to defeat a deranged Celestial who destroys the Earth in search for something that has not been revealed yet.
The Stone Age Avengers are a team of new faces with old powers that have been revealed before. Jean Grey’s Phoenix Force, Thor’s Odinforce and the Eye of Agamotto of Doctor Strange are shown in different hands. The defeated Celestial was buried under what is now known as South Africa and the latest issue has teams of archaeologists discovering the ancient tomb. Apparently, the magical restraints set by the prehistoric Avengers have failed and the old Celestial is set to return to Earth to resume his hunt.
3. Black Bolt :
Blackager Boltagon is the leader of the Inhumans and truly one of the most powerful beings in the universe. His apparent ability to destroy opponents with a scream varies though. He was able to defeat the feared Apocalypse with a mere whisper but the Hulk survived a determined scream from the Inhuman. Nevertheless, in the Thanos series, we see his power at full potential.
The series shows an alternate reality where the Mad Titan unfurls the full potentials of his power. He is able to defeat all the superheroes of the Marvel Universe. Ultimately he is confronted by the Celestials demanding to know why Thanos laid wreck to their creations. Thanos stabs Black Bolt in the back though and the resulting scream destroys all the Celestials together. This shows that the Inhuman has enough strength to defeat a Celestial.
4. Apocalypse Twins:
The twins of the X-Men member Archangel and Apolcayptic horseman Ichisumi were kidnapped by the supervillain Kang the Conqueror and were raised in the future. The grown twins then went back to the present where they spread mayhem. They first go to war
with Genocide, the son of Apocalypse. Genocide had contacted the Gardener Celestial to obtain his father’s full powers of the Death Seed, believing himself the rightful heir to the En Sabah Nur. The Apocalypse twins kill both the Celestial and Genocide, and keep the Death Seed for themselves. The reckless duo then use the powers to breed four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. After they summon another Celestial to Earth, they wreck the planet and most of its people. In the end, they are stopped only by the Avengers and mutants in a combined effort called Unity Squad.
5. The Horde :
The Marvel universe is imagined as a balance between opposing forces, and the Horde are supposed to have been created to oppose the Celestials. So while the Celestials create races, the Horde’s task is to destroy them. In the 2008 series The Eternals, it was revealed that both these beings were created by the Fulcrum, an all-powerful cosmic being.
The Fulcrum sounds very suspiciously like the One Above All. In any case, the Celestials, the Horde and the Watchers are all servants of the Fulcrum. As might be suspected, their opposing roles in the universe have brought the Celestials and the Horde face to face many times. It is not inconceivable that the
Horde can destroy a Celestial.